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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) A number of political leaders and figures of the world and region have considered death of the first vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim as a loss and expressed their sympathy and condolence on this occasion.
Indian Prime Minister Man Muhan Singh has called death of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim as big loss, considering his efforts towards establishment of Afghanistan government as unforgettable.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and a number of political leaders of the country have condoled death of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, considering him as a Mujahid towards freedom of Afghanistan and expressing sympathy and condolence over the death of Marshal M. Qasim Fahim to Afghanistan government and his family. Meanwhile, US ambassador to Kabul has considered death of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim as big loss towards national unity, expressing sympathy and condolence over the death of Marshal Mohamamd Qasim Fahim to Afghan people and his family.
Iranian Embassy to Kabul in a statement offered sympathy and condolence to president and people of Afghanistan, stressing that remarkable role of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim during the past four decades of Afghanistan would be bright and unforgettable. UN office to Kabul in a statement has expressed its deep sorrow over the death of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, considering him as a good worker in creating trust for UN. It is worth mentioning that the first vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim passed away Sunday at the age of 56 in Kabul and was buried yesterday in Kabul.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) On the occasion of death of late Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, first vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, a condolence book was put yesterday in honor hall of Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The book was put in order that foreign officials, ambassadors, diplomats and international organizations’ officials to Kabul write their condolence and sympathy notes.
The book will be open till 4:00 pm today in the hall of the ministry.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) European Union envoy to Afghanistan Frans Michele Melibin in a message condoled death of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim to Hamid Karzai, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The message said, “High Excellency President! Representing the European Union, I would like to express my sympathy and condolence to Afghanistan government and the deceased family and colleague over death of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the first vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Minister of National Defense Bismallah Mohammadi and personnel of the ministry, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyred and Disabled Amina Afzali, jihadi leader Peer Sayed Ahmad Gilani, Governor of Herat Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, Afghanistan ambassador to Tokyo Dr. Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatemi, General Director of National Administrative for Protection of Environment Mustafa Zahir, administrative panel of Afghanistan Brishna Shirkat, chairman and employees for Ghor Cement Factories, Kabul Police Chief General Mohammad Zahir, Kabul provincial council, administrative panel and personnel of Afghanistan Sciences Academy, presidential candidate Hedayat Amin Arsala, Afghanistan Balochs’ council, presidential candidate General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Minister of Urban Development Dr. Hasan Abdul Elahi, Minister of Public Health Dr. Surya Dalil, Minister of Repatriates and Refugees Dr. Jamahir Anwari, Afghanistan Retired Central Union Council, 201st Silab ANA Corps and Kabul People Council in separate messages expressed their condolence and sympathy over death of the first vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim to president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and the deceased family and colleagues.
In the messages, they called Marshal M. Qasim Fahim as a big political and military figure in the country, considering his death as big loss.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen asked for investigation over killing of a British-Swedish journalist and beating an Afghan journalist in Kabul.
Dr. Raheen while condemning murdering of a Swedish journalist Nils Harner in Kabul and injuring an Afghan journalist working for Howaida website Mukhtar Wafayee asked the country’s security and judicial organs to arrest perpetrators for killing the Swedish and injuring the Afghan journalists.
Nils Harner, working for Swedish National Radio was shot to death yesterday by unidentified individual in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan area of Kabul city.
On the same day, Mukhtar Wafayee, working for Howaida website was beat by unidentified individuals in the vicinity of Bakhtar High School in Mazar-e-Sharif of Balkh.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) The hardliner Taliban outfit had dynamited the two giant Buddha’s statues in central Bamyan province, on March 11, 2001, exactly 13 years ago.
Both the 53 and 35 meters Buddha’s statues built in 554 and 570 respectively were the tallest statues in the world and the extremist Taliban militants destroyed both the cultural heritages amid worldwide opposition.
The Bamyan residents said the destruction process of both statues took at least three weeks-with the rebels first wanted to collapse them by mortar shelling, but failed. They used the prisoners and the residents to fill them with explosives and then blew them up.
UNESCO has termed the vandalism as cultural terrorism and denounced it and called it a “cultural terrorism”.
Meantime, Minister for Information and Culture, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen in talks with BNA hoped to rebuild at least one of the two Buddha’s statues with the support of friendly countries with the collection of the disintegrated pieces of the destroyed statues.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai in a meeting with the Indian vice-president, Hamid Ansari here in Kabul described India as a strong friend of Afghanistan under any conditions, the presidential press office said BNA ,the Indian vice president who was leading a ranking delegation to attend the funeral ceremony of late Marshal Fahim the other day, had called on President Karzai and expressed his condolence over the death of Marshal Fahim to him and the people of Afghanistan.
In the meeting issues on mutual relations were discussed and president said that India has proved to be a strong friend of Afghanistan in all conditions.
For his part, the Indian dignitary pointed out the friendship between India and Pakistan is based on bilateral trust, adding the bilateral friendship before being between the two government are among the people of the two countries. The Indian vice president is accompanied by special envoy of Indian Premier and former Indian ambassadors to Afghanistan.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:35

Marshal Fahim Body Laid To Rest

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) The body of late vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim was laid to rest in Deh Kepak area of Kabul amid thousands of mourners on Tuesday. 


BNA correspondent reported, His coffin from the hospital of Sardar Mohammad Daud was shifted to the defense ministry and then Presidential Palace where his funeral prayer was held.

Professor Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf had led the funeral prayer which attended among others by ranking officials from Islamic countries.
“I have friendship with Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim for over the past 12 years.

 


He was a patriotic, peace loving and cooperated with me in all issues,” President Karzai said in his remarks after funeral prayer.
The president added, “I have lost my esteemed friend, brother and a great servant of Afghanistan, he was a great personality of this country and I express my sympathy with Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim family.” “We are leaving this world for the world hereafter, but the good one is who serves the country and leaves good name behind. And I am the witness that Marshal Fahim was for the national interests of Afghanistan,”


Karzai added in his remarks. Speaking at the funeral ceremony, Marshal Fahim’s son Aqil Fahim said, “My father was hopeful to see Islamic justice and social prosperity, peace and national understanding in the country.”
He also said, “My father Marshal Fahim believed that fair and transparent elections is the only way to get the country out of instability and I am calling upon all the government officials, Mujahideen and the people of the country to spare no efforts in achieving the goal.”


Aqil Fahim also thanked the president and the government commission for arranging funeral ceremony and all those attended the funeral ceremony.
Cover in the three-color national flag of Afghanistan the coffin of late Fahim buried in Deh Kepak hilltop of Kabul on Tuesday amid thousands of mourners including civil and military officials as well as people from across the country.

Sunday, March 09, 2014
Kabul (BNA) It is with deep sadness that we learn of the passing away of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the First Vice-president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  May his soul rest in peace.
President Karzai called the demise of Marshal Qasim Fahim, a great loss for Afghanistan and offered condolences to the people of Afghanistan on his passing away.
The President described him as a patriotic Afghan and a great Mujahid who was at the service of his people.
President Karzai offers deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and the Afghan people, and wishes him the highest heaven in the hereafter.
Through a decree, the President declares a three-day national mourning across Afghanistan, starting tomorrow, during which the national flag of Afghanistan will be half –hoisted.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Reports published on some media including in Reuters indicate that on the second day of the Consultative Loya Jirga, access by reporters to the delegates with negative views on the BSA has been restricted by the authorities.
Reuters, “Most participants at the gathering’s second day appeared to favor ratifying the pact. But reporters had little access to opponents of the deal and were kept away by security staff.”
President Karzai once again reminds, as he said in his opening speech, that the participants have the full freedom to express their views away from any restriction or censorship and no individual or government authority is allowed to limit this legal right.
Also, all security staff and organizers of the Jirga have been re-instructed to make sure that no one can, in any way, hinder the effective exercise of this right of the delegates.

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